One of the Most Influential Young Entrepreneurs on the Planet
When Ben Towers was 11 years old when a family friend challenged him to build him a website. Having no experience in business or creating websites, Ben set out to learn how to develop a site by using YouTube videos. Once the site was built he was given a £50 reward for his work, which pushed him to look for new opportunities to build websites for money. At this point, Ben was moving into secondary school and began juggling freelancing and school work. At age 13, Ben realized he was running a business and so he set about creating Towers Design.
Initially building websites, Towers Design quickly grew to offer a wider range of services thanks to Ben’s hard work and perseverance. Ben began to outsource some of the work to freelancers who could deliver the projects while he was at school. As time went by, Ben’s confidence grew and he began to get a large amount of national press coverage for being so young and successful. Ben’s parents, Helen and Trevor, aren’t in business so all support and guidance for the company came from Ben’s networking, online research and gut feeling. Towers Design began to employ full time freelancers working from home while also adjusting the business to focus more on social media marketing. This gave Ben the opportunity to work on some amazing campaigns for brands like Amazon Echo, Pot Noodle and NHS Give Blood. Once Ben had finished his GCSE exams he quickly moved the Towers Design team into an office so they could work all together and focus on clients and business growth. In order to get around while still being schooled full-time, Ben became the first ever person to employ himself as an apprentice.
Due to Ben’s quick success and young age he was asked to appear on a number of TV shows to share his journey and knowledge whilst also sharing his story at conferences across the world. Along with business success, these appearances helped Ben to start making a large amount of money that meant that he could start to invest in other disruptive businesses to grow his portfolio.
In April 2017, Ben carried out a “multi-million pound” merger with Zest the Agency and Towers Design, creating thus one of the largest marketing agencies in Kent. Ben was then under contract to carry out the merger and in September 2017 exited from the business.
Ben is now focusing a lot more in his public speaking, consultancy services (using his experiences from delivering marketing campaigns for the Government and brands like Champneys or Mazars), investments and launching his new business.
Professional Disruptor, Futurologist and Digital Philosopher
Founder of Design for Change & The Riverside School in India
Founder & CEO of FACE Africa
Co-founder of and a distinguished fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute (CCI) and the former executive director of its education program.